Sweet and refreshing, Horchata de Chufa is one of Spain's most famous drinks. Made of ground chufa nuts (actually the roots of the chufa plant) grown in the Valle de Nito in Spain, it is very lightly seasoned with cinnamon and lemon. No refrigeration needed until it is opened. Serve well chilled!
Horchata de chufa is a Mediterranean product (completely different than Mexican horchata). Egyptians used chufa nuts in ancient times. Some documents indicate that chufa was also consumed by people in Asia.
But, as with many other products, it was the Moors who first began cultivating chufa grass in Spain and originated the refreshing drink Horchata de Chufa from its tuberous roots. It is a favorite beverage in all of Spain, but particularly in Valencia, Murcia and Andalucía.
There is no refrigeration needed to store this horchata, so you can keep it on your pantry shelf until you are ready to serve it. Then place it in the fridge until well chilled before serving - some prefer to keep it in the freezer until it partially frozen for a refreshing icy drink!